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Acquired equivalence and distinctiveness in human discrimination learning: Evidence for associative mediation

Hall, G., Mitchell, C., Graham, S. and Lavis, Y. (2003) Acquired equivalence and distinctiveness in human discrimination learning: Evidence for associative mediation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 132 (2). pp. 266-276. ISSN 0096-3445

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Abstract

In the first stage of Experiments 1-3, subjects learned to associate different geometrical figures with colors or with verbal labels. Performance in Stage 2, in which the figures signaled which of 2 motor responses should be performed, was superior in subjects required to make the same response to figures that had shared the same Stage 1 associate. A third stage of testing showed that the events used as associates in Stage 1 were capable of evoking the motor response trained in Stage 2, an outcome predicted by an associative interpretation of such transfer effects. Experiment 4 provided evidence that the relevant associations can be effective in controlling motor responding even when subjects report an antagonistic relationship between the events.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 13:51
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2009 13:51
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0096-3445.132.2.266
Status: Published
Publisher: Apa American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0096-3445.132.2.266
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6648

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